National Poetry Month

Do you know your Keats from your Wordsworth? Your Bronte from your Duffy?

It’s National Poetry Month across the pond, a time to appreciate and increase awareness of poetry. And with so many of the world’s greatest poets hailing from Britain, we thought we’d get involved in the celebrations!

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To get you inspired, we’ve taken the most memorable lines from a selection of the nation’s favourite poems. Let us know your own favourite, @candismagazine.

The Owl and the Pussycat, Edward Lear

“The Owl and the Pussycat went to sea

In a beautiful pea green boat,

They took some honey, and plenty of money,

Wrapped up in a five pound note.”


Daffodils, William Wordsworth

“Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretch’d in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay.”


If, Rudyard Kipling

“If you can dream ­– and not make dreams your master;

If you can think – and not make thoughts your aim;

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

And treat those two impostors just the same.”


Sonnet 18, William Shakespeare

“Shall I compare thee to a summer’s day?

Thou art more lovely and more temperate:

Rough winds do shake the darling buds of May,

And summer’s lease hath to all short a date.”


How Do I Love Thee? Elizabeth Barrett Browning

“I love thee to the level of every day’s

Most quiet need, by sun and candlelight.

I love thee freely, as men strive for right.

I love thee purely, as they turn from praise.”


Stopping by the Woods on a Snowy Evening, Robert Frost

“He gives his harness bells a shake

To ask if there is some mistake.

The only other sound’s the sweep

Of easy wind and downy flake.”

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